London

Iconic sights, world-famous museums and retail heaven are only part of the appeal. We may be biased but in London, it’s exciting just to be here!

One of the world’s great capitals, this financial, political and cultural powerhouse would take a lifetime to fully explore but you’ll have a ball wandering its storied streets.

Getting Around

London City Airport is the only airport actually in London, located close to the business district in Canary Wharf and just over 20 minutes from the heart of the city via our own DLR station.

An excellent public transport network makes it easy to get around London by bus, tube or train.

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Essential Sights

Buckingham Palace

Stroll up to this iconic sight along the long road known as The Mall and get a glimpse of royal life with a tour of the State Rooms and palace gardens.

National Gallery

Turner, Gainsborough, Cezanne, da Vinci… the extensive list of masterpieces on display in this spectacular gallery is awe-inspiring.

Palace of Westminster

Parliament meets in this renowned London landmark, easily recognisable by its huge clock tower containing the famous Big Ben bell.

British Museum

Visitors flock to this free museum to see the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, ancient relief sculptures and famous archaeological finds.

Tate Modern

Britain’s national museum of contemporary art occupies a former power station. You pay to see blockbuster temporary exhibitions, but the permanent collection is free to enter.

Tower of London

Go for shimmering crown jewels, macabre stories of imprisonment and traditionally dressed guardsmen in this fortress full of stories!

Children’s attractions

Science Museum

A great educational day out with a whole floor dedicated to games for younger visitors.

SEA LIFE

London This huge aquarium has over 500 marine species and a glass bridge over a shark tank.

ZSL London Zoo

Kids can meet 750 species of animal while learning about conserving habitats and ecology.

Food and Drink

London is extraordinarily multicultural and so is its cuisine. The sheer range of food experiences on offer makes it a superlative place for eating – from cheap eats and authentic street foods to top-class fine dining.

Events

JULY to SEPT | The Proms

Classical fan? Don’t miss this concert series in the stunning Royal Albert Hall.

MAY | Chelsea Flower Show

England’s premier horticultural show treats gardening fans to innovative designs and prize blooms.

JUNE | Trooping of the Colour

An elegant formal parade on The Mall celebrating the King’s official birthday.

JUNE | Wimbledon

Tennis greats battle it out at the All England Club during the world’s oldest tennis tournament.

JUNE + SEPT | London Fashion Week

The world’s finest designers shine at this twice-yearly event packed with catwalk shows and after parties.

AUGUST | Notting Hill Carnival

A huge street party with flamboyant processions, Caribbean food stalls, calypso and samba bands.

OCT | BFI London Film Festival

A showcase of the cream of new films from British and international cinema.

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